Dig out your hiking boots, polish your binoculars, and get ready for a Walk on the Wild Side in 2017!
The theme for the 2017 BC Summer Reading Club is… “Walk on the Wild Side!”
Seven weekly sub-themes have been selected to use as inspiration for your programs, activities, displays and contests:
- Cougars and Otters and Ravens, oh my! (all things animals)
- Explora the Flora (plants, trees, flowers)
- Spot Nature’s Magic (seasons, camouflage, metamorphosis)
- Beautiful British Columbia (mountains, valleys, parks)
- Weather Watchers (clouds, rain, snow)
- Go Fish! (sea life, shorelines, fish)
- Tales of Nature (nature traditions and legends)
We are thrilled to tell you that Darlene Gait is the 2017 BC Summer Reading Club artist!
Darlene Gait is an Aboriginal artist from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She is a member of Esquimalt Nation the first people of Victoria, BC Canada.
Darlene grew up on a farm near the Englishman River in Errington, Vancouver Island. There she and her two sisters were responsible for taking care of the family’s goats, geese, chickens and rabbit, and weeding the huge garden. When school let out for the summer, Darlene divided her time between painting in her room and exploring the outdoors, along with her dog, and her horse/best-friend, Dusty.
Darlene credits her Grandmother Cooper as the most significant creative inspiration in her life. It was the stories her grandmother told her, stories about the history of the Aboriginal side of her family, that set her on the path to becoming an illustrator and painter.
Darlene began painting as a child and excelled in graphics, illustration and wild life painting after graduating from Vancouver Island University in 1999. Known for her portraits of Aboriginal women and children, many of her paintings reflect unity between Nations and non-Native people and produce a connection to strength of history and culture. Her design featuring the cultural legend of Orca transitioning to Wolf appears on the new BC Ferries vessel, Salish Orca on the Comox — Powell River route. One Moon Gallery, located in the heart of Esquimalt Nation, is home to Darlene’s entire collection of artwork, which displays limited edition prints and original paintings for public to view.
Darlene’s beautiful picture books include Secret of the Dance, Who is In Maxine’s Tree?, Catching Spring, Soapstone Signs, the second part, “Soapstone Porcupine” is coming out next spring (Orca Books). Her work is vivid, filled with life, and inspired by her own deeply personal connection to nature — a perfect match for this year’s theme “Walk on the Wild Side”.
Many thanks go out to the amazing team members who each contribute to making this program a huge success throughout the province:
Emily Olsen of Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library System (Committee Chair) Kate Adams of Richmond Public Library (Past Committee Chair) Victor Or and Surrey Public Library (Content Creator) Anne Martin and Vancouver Public Library (Content Creator)
Wiena Groenewold and Fraser Valley Regional Library (Content Creators)
Susan McCowan and Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library System (Content Creator) Morgan Churchill and Fort St. John Public Library (Content Creator)
Tina Lee and Burnaby Public Library (Content Creator)
Julie Carter and Vancouver Island Regional Library (Content Creator)
Roger Handling, Terra Firma Digital Arts (Graphic Designer)
Neil Firkins, (Web Design)
Shayne Letain Rain in Spain Creative Studios (Kids’ Site)
Mari Martin, Director, Libraries Branch, Ministry of Education
Scott Leslie and BC Libraries Cooperative
Michael Burris and the staff at InterLINK
Cassie McFadden, Office Manager, BCLA
Angie Ayupova, Admin Assistant, BCLA
Annette DeFaveri, Executive Director, BCLA
The BC Summer Reading Club is sponsored by the British Columbia Library Association and public libraries throughout British Columbia, with generous support from the Province of British Columbia, through Libraries Branch, Ministry of Education, and the RBC Foundation.
Our “Walk on the Wild Side!” booklists and program suggestions will be available early next year on the BC SRC website:kidssrc.bclibrary.ca.
If you have questions, comments or suggestions about the BC Summer Reading Club, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Emily Olsen, the BC SRC Chair, at: email@example.com or Cynthia Ford, the Provincial Co-ordinator, BC SRC, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Committee Chair, BC SRC